Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church is located at 10060 Hwy 256, in rural Antler, North Dakota. Setting almost literally in a northern prairie farm field 40 miles north of Minot, ND, this congregation has endured the test of time. Founded in 1903 from Norwegian Lutheran roots, our church still proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the faithful followers who call Bethel their church home. Please enjoy the current sermons below. If you can, let us know how you like them. Our email is And please, stop in and see us sometime. We'd love to catch up with you.


  • Greater Respect

    Greater Respect

    26/04/2020 Duración: 39min

    Today's Bible references used in this service so you can look them up on your own study time: Psalm 116:1-14; 1 Timothy 4:13; Acts 2:14, 36-41; 2 Corinthians 4:18; 1 Peter 1:17-25; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Jude 25, Hebrews 13:20-21.

  • Greater Worth

    Greater Worth

    19/04/2020 Duración: 31min

    Just as the Apostle Peter spoke to a distressed audience, so Peter speaks to us, a distressed audience as we continue to be in voluntary isolation from the coronavirus. But our reading today doesn't give us reason to whine or grumble, instead it reminds us of things that are of far greater worth.  This week, Pastor Craig uses the comparison of an expensive home, a high-priced car and an unique wristwatch to illustrate what is of real value, what is of far "Greater Worth". The Bible references used in today's podcast are: Psalm 148; 1 Timothy 4:13; 1 Peter 1:3-9; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Timothy 4:10; Colossians 3:24; Ephesians 2:1, 12; Mark 4:19, John 16:33, 19:30, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Jude 25, Hebrews 13:20-21 

  • Unexpectedly Empty

    Unexpectedly Empty

    12/04/2020 Duración: 30min

    It's Easter Sunday, and for many people today, our world seems "Unexpectedly Empty". In the midst of isolation and quarantine during the Coronavirus pandemic, our world just seems so different. This week, Pastor Craig examines the various ways in which we live our lives, and how God speaks to us in each of them. Even in this time of COVID-19, God is speaking to us. The question is, why is the church building empty? Why are schools, restaurants and store shelves empty too? Hear how it all makes sense at Easter. Bible references used in today’s message: Psalm 16: 1-11, John 20:1-18, 2 Kings 7:1, Psalm 19:14, Matthew 26:14-16, 27:3-5, Luke 22:32-34, 54-62, Mark 14:32-41, 55-59, 15:12-15, Isaiah 53:1-5a, Matthew 27:31-43, Luke 23:44-46, Matthew 28:1-10, Philippians 2:9, Jude 25, Isaiah 43. 

  • Changed View

    Changed View

    05/04/2020 Duración: 23min

    On this Palm Sunday "Special Edition" of the podcast, we look at those who witnessed Jesus as He rode into Jerusalem. They needed a "Changed View".  Their perception of the Savior, though it was happy and enthusiastic, wasn't fully correct. Our perception of Jesus is much the same way, we might be one to give Christ a pointing finger of approval, but that isn't really what He's after. He's after something more significant. Find out more in this week's podcast. Scripture references used today include: Psalm 31:9-16, John 12:12-19, Zechariah 9:9, Psalm 19:14, Romans 8:28–29, Psalm 46:10, Jude 25, Numbers 6:24-26. We also had some fun with a certain young lady who sang an old favorite song with some sound effects. Check it out.

  • No Condemnation

    No Condemnation

    29/03/2020 Duración: 34min

    Due to the coronavirus, this is our second week that we didn't meet in person, but we still proclaim God's Word. This special edition of the podcast, we look at a familiar "No Condemnation" verse. During this season of Lent, we look at another aspect of why we need Christ. This week's Bible references include Psalm 130:1-8, Romans 8:1-11, Psalm 19:14, Romans 8:38–39, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 3:26, Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 1:7, 2 Timothy 1:9, 1 John 1:9, Philippians 4:3, Hebrews 12:21ff, Jude 25, Numbers 6:24-26 

  • Viral Faith

    Viral Faith

    22/03/2020 Duración: 35min

    This Special Edition of the podcast breaks from our usual format, in that, like thousands of other churches, we are not meeting this week because of the coronavirus. So this podcast becomes a substitute. Our main reading is from Ephesians 5:8-14. We also refer to 1 John 1:7, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Romans 12:2, Matthew 25:45, Romans 13:1-2, Matthew 6:19, Psalm 23:4, 2 Chronicles 7:14-16, Psalm 122:1, Jude 25 and Psalm 19:14.  And check out these youTube links for the songs referred to in the message. #1 Wake Up O Sleeper  Psalm 23  The House of the Lord 

  • Sin Infection

    Sin Infection

    15/03/2020 Duración: 25min

    In light of the coronavirus that has made such a tremendous impact on our world, Pastor Craig helps us process this crisis, and put it into proper perspective. As you listen, consider what category you fall into: 1)Do you outright deny it? 2) Do you still not want to believe it because you just want to live like you have been?   3)Maybe you just don’t SAY MUCH, because you don’t know WHAT to believe any more. 4) Is it really a threat or is it all about a big deception. These are the line of questions Pastor Craig leads us through as we consider the lessons this world-wide virus is teaching us. The main reading is from Romans 5:1-8. We also refer to, Ecclesiastes 1:2, John 16:33 and John 11:25-26.

  • You Dont Earn Grace

    You Don't Earn Grace

    08/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    On this Second Sunday in Lent, Pastor Craig helps us examine the part of our lives that we do, the activities we do for a living, for our jobs, careers, etc. In modern America, we are all about our job, our life, our family and our hobbies.  Are they really that important? "Sure!" we say, "These are the things that make me, 'ME'!" Is that really true? Listen and find out! The reading comes from Romans 4:1-8 and 13-17. Pastor opens the message with Psalm 19:14, and he also refers to 2 Thessalonians 3:12.

  • Hard To Admit

    Hard To Admit

    01/03/2020 Duración: 24min

    As we enter the season of Lent we reflect on the reason Jesus came to earth, that reason is to save us from our sin. But if you're like most people, you have a hard time admitting the sin within you. Using a couple of personal stories to illustrate, Pastor Craig tells us about a couple of injuries a couple of guys named Craig had and how it makes it hard to admit our brokenness. Our main reading is Romans 5:12-19, but we also use Psalm 19:14, James 2:10, Romans 3:23 and 6:23, 1 John 1:9 and 4:19, Psalm 32, 5-6 and 81.5, Proverbs 28:13 and Acts 3:19. 

  • Game Changer

    Game Changer

    23/02/2020 Duración: 21min

    This week Pastor Craig explains an interesting setup for the reading from the Apostle Peter. The world had changed, people were beginning to doubt what Jesus had promised (sounds like today, doesn't it?), and people were beginning to doubt their faith. Hear a great message this week as we wrap up the Epiphany season and head into Lent. Our main reading is from 2 Peter 1:16-21, and we also quote from the following Bible passages: Matthew 4:18ff, Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:7, Luke 4:8, 2 Thessalonians 1:8b-9, John 8:36, Proverbs 17:17, 1 Peter 4:10, Jude 25 and our introductory verse Psalm 19:14

  • Mature In Christ

    Mature In Christ

    16/02/2020 Duración: 20min

    When unexpected events happen in our life, it's often easy to feel sorry for yourself, even cry over the situation. Sometimes, those events are God's way of getting our attention, sometimes unexpected things are intended to make us grow up.  This week, Pastor Craig speaks about ways in which we become "Mature In Christ."  Our reading is from 1st Corinthians 3:1-9. We also refer to Galatians 6:9, Isaiah 43:7, Romans 3:10, Isaiah 64:6 and Matthew 4:17. 

  • Whats Important - Whats Not

    What's Important - What's Not

    09/02/2020 Duración: 16min

    The message doesn't get any simpler than this. Pastor Craig helps us through a passage from the Apostle Paul in First Corinthians that is amazing in it's simplicity, and yet amazing in it's power. Do w want our pastor to be successful? Of course we do! But here, we get a completely different look at what a pastor should be, and what each parishioner should be. Our main reading is from 1 Corinthians 2:1-12. We also refer to Philippians 4:13, Proverbs 16:3, Psalm 37:4, and compare 1 Cor 2:9 with Isaiah 64:4.

  • Epiphany (5)

    Epiphany (5)

    02/02/2020 Duración: 21min

    Hebrews makes an incredible claim that is as true as it is personal, Jesus came to be fully human, to prove the Devil wrong, and to be our very own personal High Priest. It's an amazing story and becomes three more flashes of insight that we gain during this time of Epiphany. Pastor Craig's readings this week come from Hebrews 2:14-18, Job 11:7-9, Romans 8:31, Romans 11:33-34, Isaiah 55:8-9, 1 Peter 5:8 and 1 Corinthians 15:57, 58.

  • Epiphany (4)

    Epiphany (4)

    26/01/2020 Duración: 21min

    Did your Mom ever correct you? Did you hear "Quit your bickering!" when arguments between you and your sibling got too heated? In short, that's what the Apostle Paul is saying in today's reading from 1 Corinthians 1:10-18. Pastor Craig unpacks some fascinating lessons that just may help you live a better life in Christ. 

  • Epiphany (3)

    Epiphany (3)

    19/01/2020 Duración: 19min

    The standard readings for the Second Sunday After Epiphany this week take us to 1 Corinthians, and Pastor Craig walks through the opening verses of this important book, setting the stage and explaining what was all going on in that ancient city of Corinth on the southern tip of the Greek peninsula. Our reading comes from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, and we also refer to Galatians 5:22-23.

  • Epiphany (2)

    Epiphany (2)

    12/01/2020 Duración: 24min

    This week we continue to ask the question, What epiphany moments have you had?  How has God become real to you in ways you hadn't realized before. This week, we observe a very unlikely statement that came from Peter who was in the house of a Christian military officer named Cornelius. Listen to why it was so revolutionary in its day, and why it's so revolutionary today. Our reading comes from Acts 10:34-43. We also refer to 1 Corinthians 1:23, 12:13 and Ezekiel 36:26

  • Epiphany


    05/01/2020 Duración: 26min

    This week, Pastor Craig tells some great stories that illustrate the "ah-HA" moments in our life, when we realize we have a new insight. Clyde thought he was doing his wife a favor, Grandpa and Grandma thought they were getting the perfect gift, and the lifelong Christian realized his faith has reached a deeper level.  This and more in this edition of the sermon podcast. We read from Matthew 2:1-11 and we referred to the following passages: Psalm 19:14, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10, James 2:17 and Revelation 7:12. 

  • It Is Time! Christ

    It Is Time! Christ

    29/12/2019 Duración: 21min

    Instead of asking the question "Is It Time?" We can now change it to a declarative statement, "It IS time!". Now that Christmas is past, we often think, well it's all over. The presents are opened, the guests have all gone back home, and the party is over. Although it may be true in practical terms, in spiritual terms, we ought never think that the party is over. Because of Christ at Christmas, we always have the Peace, Hope, Joy and Love of the advent season all year long. The TV ad that is referred to is found here:

  • Is It Time? Love

    Is It Time? Love

    22/12/2019 Duración: 19min

    Pastor Craig uses the example of a cell-phone call to show us how and why we set up certain barriers on some phone calls, yet we will immediately take others. In this message, learn about the call you receive each day, and whether you take the call. 

  • Gabe Thompson, Sr Funeral

    Gabe Thompson, Sr Funeral

    21/12/2019 Duración: 39min

    Here are selected excerpts from the Funeral of Gabe Thompson Sr.

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